Kelsea Ballerini clapped back this week at those who criticized her and Halsey’s sassy performance of their duet, “The Other Girl,” during the CMT Awards Wednesday, October 21.
The star took to Twitter one day after their appearance and said she’d been called out by trolls over the pop-leaning influence of the song and their skimpy outfit choices.
Kelsea shared a selfie of herself laying down on her couch, giving the camera a smile and a thumbs up. She was wearing a tie-dye sweater and clear, reflective glasses, and her blond hair was pulled back.
“After reading way too many comments, I’d like to remind people that there are different kinds of country music and none are more ‘real’ than others when it comes from an honest place,” she wrote on the photo, which can be seen here.
Kelsea then addressed the trolls who commented on their outfit choices.
“Women can wear whatever we want and shouldn’t be called names and criticized for it, and… if you don’t have something nice to say, politely shut up,” the 27-year-old said, captioning the photo with a cowboy emoji.
The two performed in a bar setup inspired by the 2000 movie Coyote Ugly, starring Tyra Banks and Piper Perabo.
The “Homecoming Queen” hitmaker rocked a halter-neck leather top with a corset-style lace-up that stretched vertically over her chest and leather short shorts. She paired it with high-heeled fringed boots and had a belt with a large silver buckle around her waist. She had her blond hair down and styled to create a wet look.
Halsey wowed in a cropped Von Dutch top that flashed her toned tummy and black PVC leggings featuring a crisscross lace-up on both legs. She sported pink knee-high boots and wore her hair in braids that were half up and cascaded down her back.
The sultry performance saw the duo dance seductively while keeping their distance from one another in line with social distancing guidelines. Halsey danced on the bar and played the role of bartender while Kelsea strutted in front of it, dipping to the floor and showing off her toned and tanned legs.
It brought in some mixed responses from fans.
“Kelsea is trying to be Carrie Underwood with the legs!! Stop it doesn’t work for you, smoldering looks, strip club moves doesn’t fit with country music, at least try and sound country or just go ahead and move to pop!!” one person tweeted.
“Dude, I loved this. [K]elsea and Halsey are so freaking good together,” another disagreed on Twitter, adding a heart-eye emoji.
Before the show, Kelsea hit the red carpet in a super short, silver sequined dress with long sleeves and strappy heels.